19th Cent English Shepherd's clucket Bell
Dimensions:W: 19cm (7.5")H: 27cm (10.6")D: 8cm (3.1")
Original 19th Cent Shepherd's Clucket Bell on original leather straps, and leather yoke with carved (pegs) Lockyers. The yoke has holes suggesting it was once a piece of old horse harness.
The bell has the typical English 'M' fixing and original clapper. It has had plenty of past use. This bell is just over 5.5 inches at it's widest point and came from the West Country.
These bells were originally coasted in brass to improve their resonance but this wore off quickly rubbing agaist the sheep and being outside.
The crook, bell and lantern belonged to the shepherd whereas the sheep belonged to the Master. The yoke etc would have been hand carved by the shepherd. This style of 'Clucket' bell was typically used in the south from West Country up to East Anglia etc.